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Happy Tail: Dejection turns to delight


Olivia Hunter was dejected. She had loved dogs her entire life and now, when she had found one on Petfinder that matched her criteria, one that liked cats and loved going on hikes and long walks, she learned that someone else had already spoken up to adopt her.

Annie is always up for a game of fetch.

Annie is always up for a game of fetch.

Cuddles, the dog she’d wanted to adopt was in foster care with Gateway Regional Rescue NJ . Her bio said, “she was good with cats and people and was energetic and affectionate,” Olivia says. She was so disappointed because her heart was so set on Cuddles that she was about to give up her search altogether.

But something made her check Gateway Rescue one more time, and she was so glad she did. There was Cuddles; the other adoption had fallen through. She quickly made arrangements for a meet and greet.

A few days later, she and her boyfriend, Chris, went to the foster home. “She was so happy to meet us and stayed at our feet for most of the visit, begging for belly rubs,” Olivia says.

Olivia says the foster home was amazing, but for Cuddles, now named Annie, life in her own family is even better and forever. She gets lots of attention from the couple and also the cats.

“While she could play with her ball or Frisbee all day or go on hour long walks around the neighborhood,” Olivia says, “her favorite place to be is definitely cuddled up in my bed-happy, safe and warm.”

Olivia’s dejection has turned to delight.

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